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Jane Austen and eighteenth-century courtesy books / Penelope Joan Fritzer.

By: Fritzer, Penelope Joan, 1949-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Contributions to the study of world literature: no. 90.Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997Description: 123 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0313305234 (alk. paper); 9780313305238 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Knowledge -- Social life and customs | Courtesy in literature | Literature and society -- England -- History -- 18th century | Didactic fiction, English -- History and criticism | England -- Social life and customs -- 18th century | Courtesy books -- England -- History -- 18th century | Manners and customs in literature | Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Ethics | Social ethics in literatureAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Jane Austen and eighteenth-century courtesy books.; Online version:: Jane Austen and eighteenth-century courtesy books.DDC classification: 823/.7
Introduction -- Education -- Recreation -- Social Intercourse -- Personal Characteristics -- Conclusion.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [113]-116) and index.

1. Introduction -- 2. Education -- 3. Recreation -- 4. Social Intercourse -- 5. Personal Characteristics -- 6. Conclusion.

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Fritzer (Florida Atlantic Univ.) investigates Austen's novels as the epitome of the novel of manners by examining the concepts and terms of the manners promoted in the 18th century. She carefully delineates the work undertaken to define courtesy literature, especially emphasizing how the concerns of morality and development of character should prevail over simpler concerns about rules of etiquette or elements of fashion. Mary Poovey's The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer (CH, Sep'84) is the major published study of the topic, though numerous articles and many lengthy studies of Jane Austen touch on the subject. What distinguishes Fritzer's approach is that she offers a full definition of courtesy books, drawing a good deal on primary sources. She pulls together, reexamines, and enlarges previous notions of how these concepts appear in Austen, devoting chapters to education, recreation, social intercourse, and personal characteristics. Faculty and graduate students will find most use for Fritzer's sparse, focused, and well-researched examination, though upper-division undergraduates in courses exploring the rich cultural background of Austen's life and times will also be glad to have it. T. Loe SUNY College at Oswego

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<p>PENELOPE JOAN FRITZER is Assistant Professor at the Davie Campus of Florida Atlantic University. Her research interests include 19th century British literature, detective fiction, and humor studies, along with various aspects of English and social studies education.</p>

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